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Julie Bishop is all smiles as she meets Prince Charles at St James' Palace and we can't keep our eyes off her dazzling dress

It was for a worthy cause.

By Catie Powers
Julie Bishop has dined with Prince Charles at St James' Palace for the non-profit organisation Prince's Trust Australia which works to empower young people, military families and sustainable communities.
The former minister for Foreign Affairs took to Instagram to document the occasion, sharing a photo of herself and the future king.
Julie, who was accompanied by her partner David Panton, donned a dazzling silver dress while Charles opted for a black-and-white tuxedo.
Julie pictured with Prince Charles during dinner at St James' Palace. (Image: Instagram)
"Dinner at St James's Palace hosted by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and President of @princes.trust.au," she wrote.
"As Chair of the Trust I attended Prince's Trust Week in London recently with colleagues and patrons from the @princestrust group 🇦🇺🇨🇦🇳🇿🇺🇸🇬🇧and our global network."
Prince Charles launched the Trust in 1970s using merely his navy severance pay of £7,400.
Julie is Chair of the Trust. (Image: Instagram)
As a global network of charities, The Prince's Trust Group supported over 60,000 young people in 16 countries over 2020 and 2021.
The Australian branch of the Trust appointed the Hon. Julie Bishop as Chair in 2020.
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Julie and her partner David met when she was in the thick of her political career as Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs and are believed to have begun dating around 2014.
Sparks flew over a shared love of fitness and keeping healthy - Julie is known to be a keen runner, and David is a swimmer.
Reigning from Melbourne, David once ran a vineyard in Melbourne with his now ex-wife Karen. He also previously owned a pharmacy business in the Mornington Peninsula.
After moving to Sydney in 2014, it's understood that he met Julie around the same time he was working as a property developer.
Julie and David went public at the 2014 Melbourne Cup. (Image: Getty)
Speaking of David in a 2019 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Perth-local Julie explained how they maintained their relationship long distance.
"[David and I] meet constantly, travel together and travel overseas to keep it fresh," she said in the interview.
She also added: "I think long-distance relationships can be a lot of fun."
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